New Hampshire Institute of Art Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (2)
It is a wonderfully creative group of faculty and students. It is not a program that will prepare you for the difficulty of professional life as a playwright/screenwriter. You will learn process and that is all. If you are looking for academic growth, you will not find it in this program. You will not gain experience in teaching or even preparation for it. Moreover, you will have difficulty being employed because there are no actual syllabus that are followed or provided to the students. You will get a chance to write, a lot, and you will end the program with 4 drafts. Note I said drafts, not finished publishable producible work, DRAFTS. You will not build any professional connections because that opportunity is not provided. You will not have support post graduation, the career center cannot help you as they have no one who understands the field. The program is new and not growing and has left me 40K in debt with little to truly feel happy about. There are a lot of wonderfully loving faculty in the program, but it isn't enough, they are not educators and there is a lack of focus on education and teaching. Really, this is a two year workshop and if that is what you want from your MFA, go for it. I am sorely disappointed by it.
Great program, many different areas of photography to explore and discover ranging from cyanotypes to 4x5 film. The school itself, however, is unorganized and constantly moving around its offices. I encountered numerous problems, especially concerning obtaining the classes I need in order to graduate and being informed. For example, I was not informed that my grades were put on hold until I checked my account and the reason for why the grades were on hold were not known until I contacted the school. Even then, the issue was not entirely resolved as there were issues obtaining my scholarship funds due to new staff working in the financial aid office. The faculty is what really turns this school into something extraordinary. I personally worked with and took classes with the chair of photography. He was incredibly helpful, patient, and would bend over backwards to assist his students.